There’s good news for couples who drink together…as well as couples who don’t drink together.
Researchers from the University of Michigan asked 2,767 married couples about their drinking habits and the perceived quality of their relationships. Their findings suggest that couples who share the same drinking habits are happier together than those with different drinking habits.
According to the research, there is a direct correlation between drinking together and staying together, as well as a direct correlation between not drinking together and staying together. So, basically, it’s just when one person is hitting the sauce and the other isn’t that the problems arise.
Well, if this isn’t a great reason to pop a bottle tonight (non-alcoholic Champagne is totally an option), we don’t know what is.
Interestingly, the research also revealed that the amount drunk had little impact on the perceived quality of the relationship—it was the act of doing it together, or not, that made the difference. Strength in unity, basically.
Which makes sense. There’s nothing worse than being with someone who wants to down a bottle of Bordeaux after work, when you don’t. Or, on the other hand, won’t join you for a pint of beer on a sunny patio. Spending time together equals bonding, whether or not you’re clinking glasses of mojitos.
“We’re not sure why this is happening, but it could be that couples who do more leisure time activities together have better marital quality,” said one of the study’s authors, Dr. Kira Birditt, to Reuters Health. All couples surveyed were over the age of 50, so they weren’t new at this game either.
And while about 20 per cent of men, and only six per cent of women studied had what the researchers deemed a serious drinking problem, women who drank when their husbands didn’t, reported to be more dissatisfied with the relationship over time.
So basically, all we have to do is find a partner who shares our consumption habits and we’re golden. We’ll drink to that!